Category Leader Supply Planning


Senai, Johor, Malaysia


The successful candidate will be responsible for management and all operations planning/supply-chain for non-floorcare products. Management and utilisation of people resources, internally and externally in the drive for success and delivery of the right goods to the right market, it is the responsibility of the SSCM for all operational planning related key performance indicators, material shortfall tracking, escalation and closure supporting the manufacturing and tooling team on the delivery of new products to production, with robust and detailed planning and tracking of performance to commitment.

Dyson Overview

Things move quickly at Dyson. In twenty years, what began with one man and one idea has grown into a global technology company, with 6,000 people and a presence in over 70 countries. From Malmesbury to Malaysia to the US to Australasia and many countries in between, we’ve sold over 80 million machines.

And it’s just the start. From 2016 our Malmesbury HQ is doubling its footprint. The US, our biggest market, is doubling their sales scope. And new frontiers are opening up across South East Asia and beyond. More people, more ideas and more space for more invention. The next four years will be our biggest and busiest yet.

Not many global technology companies can say they’re still led by the founder. But we can. The same man who invented the first bagless vacuum, who persevered for 15 years to sell his idea, then took on Hoover when they stole it. And the same man who, as our Chief Engineer, has personally overseen every Dyson invention since.

James Dyson still defines the spirit of Dyson today. His entrepreneurial edge and tenacity guide our fighting spirit. Still family owned, we’re fiercely independent. Who we are and what we invent is down to us, and us alone. And we remain committed to keeping it this way.

Much has changed since James Dyson launched the bagless vacuum that started our business. In the time since, Dyson engineers have invented heat-free hand dryers, bladeless fans, long-life LED lighting and even our own digital motor.

Today, vacuums represent just half of our sales. And Dyson has even broader ambitions still. With a future technology pipeline spanning 25 years, the next few are set to be our busiest yet. 3,000 new people. 100 new machines. And four brand new product categories by 2020. So get ready for the next big thing.

Why put up with vacuum bags that diminish suction? Why labour drying hands with slow, energy-hungry machines? Why should fans use blades or lightbulbs fail so fast? There’s always a better way. And at Dyson, our mission is to find it. Solving old problems with new thinking, to invent machines that work better.

But innovation isn’t easy. Our engineers experiment relentlessly, persevere through failure, and search for answers in unlikely places. And, to put the technology they invent into our owners’ hands, Dyson commercial people do exactly the same. Defying convention. From source, to shop.

Market Overview

In 2000, Dyson moved production from Malmesbury to Malaysia to be closer to our supply chains and open up international growth. The small team of 10 has now grown to almost 1,200 – forming Dyson’s second biggest global hub. Located in the exhilarating industrial heart of Johor, it’s also home to RDD, IT, operations,  finance, creative and HR.

The RDD facility is central to our plans to launch 100 new machines in the next four years. To meet these ambitions, we recently expanded the site to 30,000m², with 50 advanced technology labs and 700 new engineers. In the Dyson world, there’s no more exciting place to be.

Function Overview

Neodymium magnets. Aerospace-grade carbon fibre. PEEK high strength plastic. Just a few of the materials procured to build just one of our machines – the Dyson digital motor V2. But when you design unconventional machines, you need unconventional materials. The Procurement department works directly with RDD on Dyson’s most secret projects. Sourcing high quality materials, and finished components with demanding specifications, means tracking down niche suppliers. It requires tenacity, speed and efficiency to meet project milestones. In essence, we need to be as inventive as Dyson engineers. 


The Category Leader Supply Planning is responsible for the leadership and management of a product category charged with creating/managing and delivery of product supply plans globally. Driving and improving the OTIF and network agility are two of the key performance criteria. Management of the product planning category in delivery of goods to market requests, inventory and supply commitments with CM and driving material clean to build commitments, aligning supply with demand; working and managing capacity increases with the Operations teams and delivery of new manufacturing categories, products and range re-fresh’s.


An essential part of the role involves creation and management of strategic improvement plans/projects as the supply chain continue to evolve and grow. Communication and management of team PR to a very senior level of the extended organisation is paramount as well as providing leadership and development to a team of professional senior Supply Chain Management resources. The role will report into the Head of Planning


The role is based in Malaysia at Dyson’s facility in Senai. The successful candidate will be an excellent and proactive communicator with the ability to articulate complex situations easily and provide clear direction where issues arise. Excellent problem solving skills are a necessity. Additionally, you will be responsible for creating and presenting management KPI’s and contributing to monthly S&OP forums and reviews and as a result, you will have experience of communicating to a C-level audience.  A proven leader in managing lean/reactive supply chains and complex planning scenarios with demonstrated experience of developing and evolving the team to support future growth and expansion of Dyson’s global business


The key roles and responsibilities for this position will be planning, management of planning related issues, driving and understand root cause with follow up for all planning and supply chain management related areas. Provide detailed tracking and reporting, create/implement and manage recurring KPI’s to monitor and track performance, ensuring delivery on time to markets aligned with the implementation strategy once agreed. 


You will have a proven track record within a multinational manufacturing business, a strong and independent character that is able to lead negation towards a win-win scenario. You will be focused positively towards achieving goals and targets on time and in full, with a strong analytical ability providing detailed analysis of complex information and reporting this in an easy to understand format. Awareness of global markets, you will have a strong understanding of complex supply chains and lead times, coming from a back ground of planning and supply chain, you will have strong communication skills and possess an analytical and methodical approach.



  • Senior level experience of dealing with OEM/ EMS/ CM

  • High degree of strategic thinking and execution

  • Proven leadership qualities

  • Senior experience of Operations / Supply Chain / Planning management

  • C-Level Communication and Presentation

  • Ability to remain objective in high pressure situations

  • Understand and experience of procurement & legal regulations

  • Proficient in using analytical tools and techniques

  • Self-motivated, accurate and highest ethical standards

  • Strong communication and negotiation skills

  • Capable in planning and project management

  • Strong business acumen, ability to analyse data and spot anomalies

  • Strong communication, influencing and negotiation skills

  • Responsible for dealing with matters between Dyson and CMs which breach the terms of the agreed contract

  • Support cost down activities within Supply Chain Operations (lean / efficiency)

  • Support monthly operations meetings with CMs

  • Strong understanding in SAP MRP, WMS.

  • Good proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (especially Excel).

  • Strong understanding on consignment process.

  • Strong understanding on warehouse management.

  • Strong understanding on Production Planning/Scheduling, component/materials planning.\

  • Education:

  • Educated to Degree Level

  • ACIPS training is advantageous

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Ability to communicate complex idea simply

  • Results driven

  • Analytical & numerate

  • Self-motivated, independent, dynamic and results-driven

  • Strong cross functional team skills

  • Inquisitive & proactive

  • Assertive

  • Strong facilitator

  • High work ethics & Personal integrity

  • Hands on

  • Able to work effectively under pressure & adaptable to dynamic changes.

  • Demonstrated ability to take on challenges with a positive attitude.

  • Firm and decisive with ability to react at shortest time possible in reaction to issues.

  • Global Orientation; focus on big pictures.

Benefits Overview

Dyson Malaysia monitors the market to ensure competitive salaries, bonuses and pension contributions. Beyond that, you’ll enjoy generous leave, a transport allowance and medical care and insurance. But financial benefits are just the start of a Dyson career. Rapid professional growth, leadership development and new opportunities abound, driven by regular reviews and dynamic workshops. And with a vibrant culture, the latest devices and a relaxed dress code reflecting our engineering spirit, it’s an exciting team environment geared to fuelling and realising ambition.

Posted: 14-Oct-2016